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Here's the lineup the Twins will do-or-die with in Game 3

Minnesota faces a must win in Game 3 of the best-of-five series.
Author:
Nelson Cruz

It's do-or-die for the Twins in Game 3 Monday night against the Yankees, and manager Rocco Baldelli wasted no time releasing his lineup for the must-win game. 

This is the batting order that will face Yankees right-hander Luis Severino. You can see in parenthesis how each player has done through two games in the best-of-five series. Be warned, it ain't pretty. 

  1. Max Kepler, CF (0-6, 2 strikeouts)
  2. Jorge Polanco, SS (2-6, 1 strikeout)
  3. Nelson Cruz, DH (2-6, 2 strikeouts)
  4. Eddie Rosario, RF (1-9, 4 strikeouts)
  5. Mitch Garver, C (2-9, 3 strikeouts)
  6. Luis Arraez, 2B (3-7, 2 strikeouts)
  7. Miguel Sano, 3B (1-8, 6 strikeouts)
  8. Marwin Gonzalez, 1B (2-7, 3 strikeouts)
  9. Jake Cave, LF (0-2, 1 strikeout)

Baldelli's lineup features six batters who will face the hard-throwing Severino as lefties. Severino, who made just three starts during the regular season because he was rehabbing an arm injury, has faced 27 left-handed batters this season and allowed four hits, three of them singles. 

Righties haven't fared any better against Severino, totaling two singles in 14 at-bats. 

It's a microscopic sample size, but the numbers aren't that much more encouraging when looking at his 2018 splits. 

  • LHB vs. Severino: .252/.311/.380, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 102 K, 321 at-bats
  • RHB vs. Severino: .227/.268/.378, 13 HR, 33 RBI, 118 K, 405 at-bats

The Twins will counter Severino with Jake Odorizzi. 

First pitch is at 7:40 p.m. 

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